“I being in the way, the Lord led me” (Genesis 24:27).
Abraham is a picture of our Heavenly Father who makes the decision that it is time to select the bride for his son. He calls his most trustworthy servant, Eliezer, who has served him faithfully, and with love all his life, and commissions him to find this woman.
Eliezer is a type of the Holy Spirit, Who has been sent into the world after Jesus’ work of redemption was completed, to find the Bride. In the Upper Room Discourse, Jesus told His disciples, “I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you” (John 16:7).
After a long journey of many days, Eliezer arrived at Haran where Terah had lived with his son Abram, his grandson Lot, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, after fleeing from Ur of the Chaldees. After father, Terah died (at the age of 205), God renewed His call to Abram to “Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, into a land that I will show you” (Genesis 12:1).
Eliezer knew by the Spirit he was in the right place as he stopped at the well to water his camels and rest. And while there he found the bride. She was led by the Holy Spirit to go to the well exactly at that time. She wasn’t too shy, nor afraid to talk to the old man; she even offered to water all the camels. She did not realize that he had asked God for a sign to show him the right woman. He only asked her for a drink of water (the same thing Jesus did of the woman at the well of Samaria), but she went beyond “the call of duty.” She not only gave him water to drink, she offered to draw water for all his camels, thereby fulfilling the sign.
My Heavenly Bride will go “beyond the call of duty!” She will reach out beyond the conventional and the convenient. She will do what all the other “daughters of the city” would not think of doing. She is adventurous, courageous, outgoing, daring, sacrificial, and willing to work hard and long hours for an old man, not knowing who he is, nor dreaming of the reward she will receive, for he has not offered to pay her for her work. Only when she is finished her task is she rewarded as he gives her a golden nose ring, and two golden bracelets weighing about four ounces. At today’s prices, the bracelets alone would be worth $4,000.00! He doesn’t know who she is either. Only then does he ask her, “Whose daughter are you?” And when she tells him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel, the son of Nahor and Milcah,” he bows his head in worship to God, as she runs home to tell the family the big news of what had just happened to her, and proudly shows them her beautiful gifts.
He Sent Me Back to Tell You by Gwen Shaw
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